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Displaying items tagged: Steelcase Inc

Friday, 30 September 2022 14:07

Return-to-office uncertainty softening orders for furniture giants

The office furniture industry’s two largest players expect slower sales but also growth in the near term as employers face an uncertain economy and they reshape their offices to accommodate hybrid work models.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 22 September 2022 11:59

Steelcase execs attribute salaried job cuts to ‘dark clouds,’ slow adoption of hybrid work models

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc.’s plan to eliminate up to 180 salaried positions this fall comes as the economy faces what CFO and Senior Vice President Dave Sylvester calls “dark clouds” and as the office furniture maker has experienced reduced incoming orders in recent weeks.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:17

Steelcase to slash 180 salaried positions, citing current slump in new orders

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing a 20-percent decline in incoming orders during the first few weeks of its current quarter, Steelcase Inc. plans to cut up to 180 salaried positions and has reduced its quarterly dividend.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:27

Despite price increases, Steelcase records $11.4M quarterly loss amid high inflation, fuel costs

GRAND RAPIDS — High inflation led Steelcase Inc. to record a loss in the most recent quarter despite strong double-digit sales growth and multiple price increases.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:18

People in the News: June 6, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for June 6, 2022 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:59

Wolverine World Wide innovation team aims to solve key challenges for company brands

When outdoor footwear brand Merrell sought a fresh idea to promote sustainability and conservation, it turned to the innovation team at parent company Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:49

MiBiz Growth Report: May 9, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for May 9, 2022:

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:52

‘HERE TO STAY’: Furniture makers accelerate e-commerce options during pandemic

Prior to 2020, Holland-based furniture maker Haworth Inc. had just one or two team members overseeing the company’s entire e-commerce segment.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 30 January 2022 20:31

Several West Michigan companies earn perfect scores for LGBTQ equality in workplace

Several large West Michigan-based companies earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, a tool that scores how well businesses support LGBTQ people. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:02

Startup eyes major ‘infrastructure play’ with renewable energy-powered cell towers

Brighton-based startup has lofty goals to help build out a nationwide 5G network that combines renewable energy, high-speed telecommunications and advanced mobility.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:30

Software firms see spike in demand as pandemic drives more automation

Custom software firms are seeing increased demand for services as the COVID-19 pandemic prompts businesses in virtually all industries to take a hard look at their digital transformation plans.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:10

Office furniture manufacturers engage customers to navigate hybrid work future

Ryan Anderson and his team at MillerKnoll Inc. found themselves consulting with customers much more than usual over the past year.

Published in Manufacturing

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 12:19

Steelcase acquires longtime design partner in all cash deal

GRAND RAPIDS — Global office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. has acquired one of its longtime collaborative design partners in an all cash deal.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 October 2021 14:00

New Steelcase CEO sees opportunity in rapidly shifting office furniture industry

Early this month, longtime Steelcase Inc. corporate leader Sara Armbruster became the company’s 10th CEO in its 109-year history. Armbruster has been with Steelcase since 2007 and served as vice president of strategy, research and digital transformation since February 2018.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 04 October 2021 12:30

Armbruster takes over as Steelcase president and CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Sara Armbruster has taken over as president and CEO of global office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc., the company announced today.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 23 September 2021 22:42

Steelcase CEO: Federal vaccine mandates ‘a real positive for our business’

GRAND RAPIDS — While business leaders generally view the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate as an added burden on employers, Steelcase Inc. President and CEO Jim Keane thinks it could help accelerate the return to normalcy and prop up the struggling contract furniture industry. 

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:42

Despite sluggish earnings, Steelcase still expects profitable first half of FY2022

GRAND RAPIDS — While office furniture giant Steelcase Inc. continues to reel from the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, its first quarter fiscal year 2022 results announced Thursday showed sequential growth and a road to profitability.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 24 May 2021 16:50

Whitmer signs legislation supporting self distribution for craft distillers

GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that eases restrictions on the self distribution of spirits while also giving local distillers an easier path to bring canned cocktails to market.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 17 May 2021 16:34

Leaders of West Michigan’s big three furniture makers forecast the post-pandemic workplace

GRAND RAPIDS — As business leaders across industries grapple with their approach to the workplace in a post-pandemic era, The Economic Club of Grand Rapids provided insight on the topic from some of the most influential players in office furniture.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 April 2021 18:25

Blockbuster deal comes amid short-term furniture industry upheaval, long-term optimism

Gilbert Rhode’s vision from nearly a century ago fits today’s changing furniture design landscape as Herman Miller Inc. proposes to buy competitor Knoll Inc.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:20

Workspace designers consider multigenerational needs of employees

The Generation Z workforce — once thought of as craving the opportunity to work from home, where they find flexibility and freedom from the watchful eye of a superior — happens to be the demographic that is most eager to return to the office.


Sunday, 25 April 2021 12:35

Outgoing CEO ‘never been more excited’ about Steelcase’s future

After serving with global office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. for 25 years, and the last seven as CEO, Jim Keane recently announced he would step away from his leading role this fall when he will be replaced by executive vice president and incoming CEO Sara Armbruster.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 19 April 2021 12:14

Steelcase leader Jim Keane to retire; Sara Armbruster named company’s 10th CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Global furniture maker Steelcase Inc. announced today its timeline for a transition at the company’s top executive role.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 11 April 2021 15:19

Grand Rapids officials, arts organizers explore a revived arts council

Grand Rapids officials say part of the city’s post-pandemic rebound for events and entertainment should include a focus on reviving a local arts council to coordinate funding and programs.

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 28 March 2021 19:00

Designer Joey Ruiter leaves minimalist mark on vehicle, furniture industries

Not many designers — if any — feature a portfolio of work quite like Joey Ruiter.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 15 March 2021 14:20

State advisory group to form office safety recommendations

The COVID-19 vaccine is “the ticket out” of the pandemic and will play a key role in employees’ return to the workplace, state officials said Monday while announcing a workgroup to provide recommendations for office safety.

Sunday, 14 March 2021 18:15

New compliance registry poised to lift furniture makers’ profile, products

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) unveiled a new digital tool this month that is poised to bring greater clarity to the market and help both specifiers and buyers quickly gauge the safety and durability of products.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:00

Pandemic sends furniture manufacturers’ work from home plans into overdrive

For the large West Michigan-based office furniture manufacturers, remote working was a familiar concept and a demand they were prepared to fulfill.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:40

6 West Michigan companies earn top grades for LGBTQ equality workplaces

GRAND RAPIDS — Six West Michigan corporations earned top scores in this year’s Corporate Equality Index rankings recently published by the Human Rights Campaign, showcasing the companies as among the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:44

Virtual and augmented reality emerges as manufacturing training tool

Joseph Van Harken and his company Th3rd Coast Digital Solutions have long provided companies with cutting-edge digital training solutions.

Published in Manufacturing

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